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Apple Car Director Heads to Luminar After Less Than a Year

Luminar Technologies lidar demonstration in Portola Valley, California.

Luminar Technologies lidar demonstration in Portola Valley, California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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Luminar Technologies Inc. hired Christopher “CJ” Moore, a manager on Apple Inc.’s car project and a former director of Autopilot at Tesla Inc., to lead global software development.

Moore, who had joined Apple in August, will lead Luminar’s software team to develop autonomous safety features integrated with its lidar, or laser sensors, the auto-parts company said in a statement Wednesday. Luminar shares jumped as much as 8.2% and were trading up 4.8% at 12:09 p.m. in New York.